ATLANTA, Ga. (WMC) - A former DeSoto Central Jaguar made a loud MLB debut Wednesday night.
Riley, a 2015 1st round draft pick for the Atlanta Braves, got his call to the show Wednesday with the Braves needing an extra bat.
With outfielder Ender Inciarte hitting the injured list, the Braves decided to put Riley in left field, away from his natural position of third base--a spot manned by former MVP Josh Donaldson.
The hitting numbers meant Riley couldn’t be kept down any longer. The slugger had 13 home runs in his last 15 games at AAA Gwinnett. He was leading the International League in home runs, RBIs, extra base hits, and runs.
“Since I started playing T-ball, this has been my one love,” Riley told MLB.com. “To finally be here, I’m going to try to take it in as much as I can.”
After an uneventful first at bat, Riley came up to the plate in the 4th inning against St. Louis Cardinals right hander Michael Wacha and took advantage of a high fastball, planting it in the center field seats.
The Braves would go on to win 4-0.
"I was super pumped," Riley told Fox Sports after the game. I'm glad my family and friends could come out here. It was a dream come true."
Riley was a Mississippi State commit before being selected in the first round. After years of mashing in the minor leagues, it appears he may have made a smart choice.
Riley is expected to play every day for Atlanta, at least until Inciarte returns from injury.